Foxy Hairclip

If you are anything like me and leave things to the last minute then this hair clip is for you! New Year’s Eve ready in 20minutes or less!

Dig around in your stash and I’m sure you’ll have enough to make a hair piece so you’ll be ready to party in no time!

by Marni Franks

Materials

An assortment of ribbons or lace

Sparkly flowers

Chiffon flowers

Scissors

Ruler

Lighter

Hot Glue Gun and spare gluesticks

Hair clip base/headband

Elastic

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Method

For this hair clip I am using the large black ribbon with white spots, one black chiffon flower and one orange with sparkles flower.

Take the wide ribbon and straighten one end with scissors. Then carefully melt the end with the lighter to seal in the loose threads.

NOTE: Natural fibres like cotton and silk will not melt. Your acrylic and synthetic ribbons will. You might need to test your ribbons first.

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Then carefully start to loop the ribbon, starting with a big loop.

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Use the hair clip to find the best position for the loops to sit.

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Keep making loops, making them a little smaller each time. Three loops in total.

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Remove the clip base and start to carefully glue the loops together.

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Turn the looped section over and find the position for the hair clip base again.

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Run a line of glue inside the ribbon and secure the hair clip base to the ribbon, so that the top part of the clip sits as shown in the below photo and doesn’t get glued down.

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Turn the hair clip over.

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Trim up the chiffon flower – many come with a net backing.

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Place a small amount of glue in the centre of the back of the flower.

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Place the flower so that it covers the remaining part of the hair clip base but does;t sit directly on it.

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Flatten the chiffon flower petals out.

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Place a small amount of glue on the back of your small orange flower with sparkles.

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Glue the orange flower in the centre of the flattened black flower.

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Turn the hair clip over and fold up the end of the black spotty ribbon, trim it as shown in the middle of the hair clip.

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Melt the end of the cut ribbon and run a line of glue along the end.

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Fold the ribbon across the back of the hair clip and glue down (avoid the base).

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Gently ease the hair clip base out from under the ribbon.

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Glue down any spots of the ribbon that seem a bit puffy or loose.

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Take a small length of contrasting ribbon – orange or white.

Cut the ends at an angle and melt with the lighter.

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Make a small bow and glue to the middle of the hair clip, just under the centre of the flowers.

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Clip in your hair and you are ready!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

from the 55FF team!

Mel, Dawn and myself would like to thank you for joining us this year. We hope you’ve had fun and made lots of exciting goodies. We are taking January off and will be back here in February with a different approach to the foxy goodness that we’ve shared so far.

55FoxFiasco

1920s inspired fascinators

by Marni Franks

With Melbourne Cup next week here’s some fascinators you can whip up in no time at all!

Materials for black headband

20cm (8in) black net or tulle

60cm (24in) of 25mm (1in) black elastic

10cm (4in) of 120mm (5in) black fringing

6 black biot feathers 17cm (7in)

50mm (2in) diamanté buckle

Tools

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Sewing machine

Hand sewing needle

Black thread

Tape measure

Assembly

Measure around your head where you want the headband to sit. From that measurement minus 2-3cm and cut the 25mm black elastic to size. Using you sewing machine and overlapping the ends of the elastic, stitch in a square sealing all sides of the elastic.

Fold the ends of the 10cm of black fringing back to hide the raw edges, and stitch it to the elastic centering it over the join.

With the 20cm of black tulle, fold it in half matching the selvedges. Fold in half again and gently scrunch it up. Thread one end of the tulle through the 50mm diamanté buckle, and slide the buckle into the centre to make a bow.

Using the hot glue gun, glue the 6 biot feathers to the back of the buckle/bow and allow the glue to cool.

Once the glue is cool hand sew the bow/buckle/feathers to the elastic centring it over the fringing.

 Your headband is ready to wear.

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Materials for colourful headband

15cm (6in) cerise chiffon

7cm (3in) sequined motif

60cm (24in) 25mm (1in) elastic lace

3, 17cm (8in) teal tiger tuft feathers

5, 12cm (5in) purple tiger tuft feathers

Tools

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Sewing machine

Hand sewing needle

Black thread

Tape measure

Assembly

Measure around your head where you want the headband to sit. From that measurement minus 2-3cm and cut the 25mm black elastic to size. Using you sewing machine and overlapping the ends of the elastic, stitch in a square sealing all sides of the elastic.

Lengthen the straight stitch on your machine and sew 1/4in from one raw edge of the cerise chiffon a running stitch. Tie off one ends threads in a reef knot. Pulling the bobbin thread gently gather the chiffon into a circle. Bunch up the edges and hand-sew them into the centre making a rough heart shape.

Hand-stitch the chiffon to the join on the lace elastic.

Using the hot glue gun glue the 3 teal feathers onto the chiffon – one in the centre and one to either side of the centre. Then glue the 5 purple feathers on in the same manner, using the photograph as a guide. Finally glue the sequined motif over the ends of the feathers making sure the narrowest point of the motif is facing up.

Allow the glue to cool and your headband is ready to wear.

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Foxy Headband

This week’s guest blogger is Samantha from Miss Skeleton’s Hair Bows & Accessories.

Samantha creates beautiful headbands, hairclips, maternity sashes and all sorts of other hair accessories. I myself own quite a few. :)

Make her feel welcome…

*Marni*

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Hi everyone! My name is Samantha and Miss Skeleton’s Hair Bows & Accessories is my small business based in South East Queensland. I started creating simple hair clips about two years ago just as a hobby but some of my friends admired my creations and started placing their orders, shortly after that I started selling my accessories online.

My range quickly went from strictly clips to headbands and it has continued to grow from there. I try to cater to all ages, styles and occasions by having a large range of pre-made items and also offering custom pieces. Photographers and brides-to-be often contact me wanting a unique piece and I am more than happy to take on the challenge even if it is something totally outside my comfort zone as I love creating anything from simple to very elaborate.

I purchase supplies from almost everywhere and I have a large assortment of embellishments ready to work with at all times. I spend numerous hours every week designing and sewing new accessories to show my fans. I am still very surprised with what I can create and how much my skills have improved since picking up my first needle and thread. I hope to continue crafting for years to come so I can only imagine what my store will have grown to include in the future.

When I was approached by the 55FF girls about a fox inspired project I designed this headband.

If you’d like to see more of my work you can find me on Facebook.

Thanks for having me!

Samantha

Autumn Splendour

While away for the weekend in Melbourne I wandered the streets of Fitzroy enjoying the weather and some shopping. I came across a couple of bead shops (my second weakness after fabric shops) and found the silver and orange diamante bead.

By Marni Franks

Materials

1 x 12mm silver and orange diamante focal bead

4 x 20mm orange glass square beads (diagonal hole)

8 x 8mm gold facetted beads

8 x 3mm pink/gold glass donut beads

2 x 10mm pink/gold facetted beads

20 x 6mm pink/rose gold facetted beads

2 x silver crimps

2 x silver crimp covers

2 x silver wire guardians

1 x silver fish hook clasp

70cm of silver tiger tail

Tools

Flat-nose pliers

Side cutters

Piece of white felt

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Finished size: 36cm

Note: I’ve made this necklace as a choker style for myself and this is a perfect fit for my neck. If you want it longer simply add more of the 6mm facetted beads. I suggest adding beads in increments of 5 or 10 as that is the way they are most commonly sold. Measure your neck or a favourite necklace to gauge your own more suitable length. Add extra tiger tail as needed – I like to work with a lot more than I need so I can trim and maneuver as needed without worry.

Preparation: Lay out your beads in the desired sequence – I like to lay them out on a piece of white felt so I can see the colours clearly.

My sequence is 10 x 6mm facetted beads, 1 x 8mm gold facetted bead, 4 x 3mm donut beads, 1 x 10mm facetted bead, 1 x 8mm gold facetted bead, 1 x 20mm square glass bead, 1 x 8mm gold facetted bead, 1 x 20mm square glass bead, 1 x 8mm gold facetted bead, 1 x 12mm focal bead. Then the same sequence in reverse.

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Step 1: Thread a crimp onto the tiger tail.

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Step 2: Thread the tiger tail through a wire guardian.

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Step 3: Thread one half of the fish hook clasp onto the wire guardian. Thread the open end of the tiger tail through the crimp. Flatten the crimp with the flat-nose pliers and trim away the excess tiger tail with the side cutters.  Place a crimp cover over the crimp and close gently with the flat-nose pliers.

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Step 4: Thread on your beads in the sequence you planned in the preparation stage. Double-check your sequence against the photograph as a guide.

Step 5: Follow steps 1-3 for the remaining half of the fish hook clasp.

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Step 6: Wear your necklace!

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Fox Loops

By Marni Franks

Materials

60 x neon orange superduo beads

8 x jet-black superduo beads

1 x packet Mill Hill Seed Beads black #03040

8mm black/orange round beads x 2

2 silver crimps

2 silver Charlotte crimps

1 x pair of silver shepherd’s hook earrings

1.6m silver tiger tail

Tools

Side cutters

Flat-nose pliers

Sticky tape

Tape measure

Finished size

9.5cm

NOTE: Superduo beads have two holes for threading and are ‘pinched’ on either side so that when you thread them with other beads they nestle in the pinched section allowing for curved designing.

Method

Cut your tiger tail into four equal lengths with the side cutters.

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 Tape two lengths together at one end to stop beads falling off while you work.

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 Thread on a single seed bead onto each strand. Followed by one jet-black superduo bead.

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Then thread on a single seed bead to each strand of tiger tail, thread on a second black superduo bead and then two more seed beads.  Keep following this threading sequence until there are -

 –       2 black superduo at the start

-       30 neon orange superduo in the middle

-       2 black superduo at the end

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Finish the beaded length off with a seed bead on each length of tiger tail.

 Ease the beads along until they are in the centre of the tiger tail. Remove the tape and bring the ends together.

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Thread the 8mm black/orange bead on to all four ends of the tiger tail.

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Thread the charlotte crimp on easing it down to sit on top of the 8mm bead.

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Thread on the crimp and ease down to the Charlotte crimp and so that all the beads are flush with no gaps.

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Flatten the crimp with the flat-nose pliers. Trim away the excess tiger tail with the side cutters. Gently close the Charlotte crimp with the flat-nose pliers (or with your fingers if you want to be really gentle.

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 Open the loop of the shepherds hook and link it through the loop of the Charlotte crimp. Close the loop of the hook.

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Repeat for the other earring.

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